When we finished seeing, in early December, the special episode of Euphoria dedicated to Rue we started wondering what the character-centric second part of would be like Jules. Although it was quite difficult, the director Sam Levinson has crafted another little gem focused on the character played by Hunter Schafer who, through an interview with his therapist, retraces the relationship with Rue, the discovery of her gender identity, the change of sex, her childhood and the relationship with her mother.
The episode has been online for more than twenty-four hours and it is therefore the right time to reveal some curiosities about the processing and staging of this special. Don’t worry, they are suitable for everyone, even for those who haven’t seen it yet.
BETTER THAN GOING TO THERAPY
The script writing phase was literally therapeutic for Hunter Schafer. The actress told a Jimmy Fallon that, during the quarantine, she was not having a particularly happy time and her mental health was suffering. While she was looking for a clinic that could help her, she received a call from the director asking if she had any ideas for a special episode. The ideas were added to considerations on one’s own mental balance and, within a few days, they were put down in black and white on a script. In fact, she confessed that it was “very helpful” to channel her energies into writing.
HUNTER SCHAFER WAS A REAL RIGHT ARM FOR THE DIRECTOR
Schafer it didn’t just bring the character of Jules, interpreting it and writing the screenplay, but also played an active role on a technical level. He helped Levinson to take care of the details of every single scene: from the sets to the lights. She took care of drawing the storyboards and also all the sketches or other works that are present in the episode. “It was a 360-degree creative process,” said the director.
SOME OF THE CLOTHES WEAR ARE A PREVIEW OF THE SECOND SEASON
The style of Jules it is particularly iconic, so it is normal that there is meticulous work behind the clothes. The costume designer, Heidi Bivens, confessed that many of the looks we see in this special were designed for the second season which, due to coronavirus, has been delayed for months. However, there are not only new entries: there are also some outfits that we have already seen. «In the episode of Jules – he said Bivens – there are many flashbacks so our job has been to faithfully copy them and keep the style it had in those episodes to which it refers ».
THE PHRASE THAT CLOSES THE CIRCLE
Speaking with your therapist, Jules describes one’s transition process more as a spiritual experience than a physical one. She says, “I never want to feel like I’m still, I want to feel alive. I want to be as wonderful as an ocean ». The most attentive fans have noticed that in an episode of the first season, Rue he confessed that he adored the ocean. These are not the only parallels, but this is certainly the most significant.
— FAN ACCOUNT🖤✨💫 (@fandomloverx3) January 23, 2021
BETWEEN GROSS AND BILLIE EILISH
Among the most commented scenes on Twitter there is the initial one in which, to act as background for a brief montage of the relationship between Rue e Jules, there is Liability of Lorde. Reason? It starts crying at that precise moment and ends about 50 minutes later.
euphoria knew wtf they were doing when they started jules’ episode with a montage to the song LIABILITY by lorde. immediate tears
— madison (@madisonlove_) January 23, 2021
me while watching euphoria’s special episode on jules pic.twitter.com/Z86PxbbWkK
— ;martyᴴ (@hsangls) January 25, 2021
Not to mention that Billie Eilish e Rosalia they wrote an original song just for the special episode of Euphoria: You will forget, a song about love and forgiveness. Another great gem.
AFTER THE EPISODE, MANY HAVE REVALUED JULES
For some, this special episode of Euphoria it was a real revelation because, looking at some episodes from the point of view of Jules, made the negative judgment they had for the character disappear. Now it is clear and glaring the love that Jules try for Rue and how her addiction made her suffer enormously. If you are still skeptical, seeing is believing.
the way we finally get to see jules’ perspective on her relationship with rue and how much she truly loves her.. bc everything up until this point has been from rue’s pov but now y’all ain’t gonna have no more excuses to hate jules period #euphoria pic.twitter.com/gi4rd05CgU
— jenn (@adcswifts) January 23, 2021
Personalmente ho preferito questo secondo speciale al primo, sto iniziando a comprendere meglio il personaggio di Jules, episodio scritto benissimo #EUPHORIA
— mcattack’s on a bench in coney island; (@_afoolwhodreams) January 24, 2021